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Egypt building concrete wall along the borders with Gaza Strip

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A security source and witnesses said on Wednesday that the Egyptian authorities started building a large cement wall with a height of six meters along its borders with the Gaza Strip and is working on this matter at a rapid pace.

And AFP journalists saw construction workers constructing a new concrete wall on the Egyptian side of the border with the Gaza Strip.

Dozens of Egyptian technicians and workers who start work from the early morning hours until evening are participating in preparing the ground and installing the wall, and about six cranes appeared to install the wall.

This is the first time that Egypt has erected a border wall six meters high, with a base about one meter wide, along the border between it and the Gaza Strip. The wall is a ready-made concrete panels that are clamped together.

The total length of the wall is 13 km, extending from the Kerem Shalom crossing (Kerem Shalom) east to the seafront in Rafah in the west. Two kilometers of this wall were completed.

Before that, it separated the Gaza Strip from the borders with Egypt, either a metal fence topped with barbed wire or a three-meter-long wall covered with barbed wire. Egypt is building the cement wall deep within its lands, 10 meters from the old wall.

A source in the security services affiliated with Hamas in Gaza said, “The security services in Gaza fully protect and control the borders and prevent all smuggling from the Gaza Strip to Egypt and vice versa to individuals and goods of all kinds and what the Egyptian brothers do is consistent with security understandings between us and them to control the borders.”

“The security services do not have any points east of the Karm Abu Salem crossing, but in the rest of the border we have security points,” the source added.

He continued, “The construction of the border wall is taking place at a rapid pace to achieve it with the utmost speed, and what we care about is controlling the borders and preventing any actions that violate the law.”

The source pointed out that “an Egyptian security delegation headed by Major General Ahmed Abdel Khaleq, responsible for the Palestine file in the Egyptian General Intelligence, last week accompanied by officials in the Hamas security field tour on the border.”

The delegation held talks with Hamas and the factions on the one hand, and with Israel on the other, to confirm the truce agreed upon by an Egyptian after the July 2014 war, according to the same source.

The Israeli army said it had targeted an Islamic Jihad sniper cell after it had opened fire towards an Israeli military force in the Khan Younis area, south of the Gaza Strip. There were no injuries to the Israeli army.

A Palestinian medical source said that a Palestinian was seriously wounded in the Khan Yunis area by Israeli fire.

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